In folk medicine, beeswax is used for many things—emollient, antiseptic, and ointment. We think it makes great lip balm, and our homemade lip balm makes great gifts.
Double boiler (we made our own from an old saucepan and 4-cup plastic measuring cup)
Sweet almond oil
Flavor oil of your choice
Plastic transfer pipettes
Kitchen scale (We recommend using a digital scale with a tare, or zero function)
Lip Balm Tubes
Basic lip balm recipe
2 parts beeswax
1 part sweet almond oil
1 part jojoba oil
It took about an hour for each batch and we suggest you make a small batch first, and adjust the recipe to your liking. More oil makes the balm softer, and less oil makes the balm harder. Kimberley pointed out the the harder balm stayed on her lips for a longer time, even through brushing her teeth.
1. In the saucepan we put enough water (about 1.5 cups) to float the plastic measuring cup, and brought the water to a boil.
2. We weighed the measuring cup and used that weight to zero out the scale. We broke up the wax into small pieces—the smaller the peices, the faster the wax will melt—and weighed it in the measuring cup, then added the oils by weight. To make the math easy, we re-zeroed the scale after every addition.
For approximately 50 .15 oz (4.25 gram) tubes, we used 128 grams of beeswax, and 64 grams each of jojoba oil and sweet almond oil.
3. Once the water in the saucepan boiled, we reduced it to a simmer and put the measuring cup full of wax and oil in the boiling water, stirring occasionally as the wax melted.
4. While the wax was melting we put the lip balm tubes on the Plastic Tom.
5. When the wax was completely melted and mixed with the oil, we
removed the measuring cup from the boiling water and wiped any water
from the outside of the cup.
6. Using a plastic pipette to measure and dispense the flavor oil
(we used a honey flavor oil for this batch), we quickly stirred it into
the melted balm mixture. The amount of flavor oil needed varies,
depending on the type of oil used. Follow directions.
7. When the balm had cooled a bit but could still be poured
(Majestic Mountain Sage recommends pouring when the mixture has a haze
over the surface, as seen in this Lip balm tutorial), we carefully
poured the melted wax and oil mixture into the Plastic Tom. Over
filling the tubes isn’t a worry—we simply scraped off the excess balm
with a spatula and remelted it.
8. After the balm cooled and hardened, we pulled the tubes from the Plastic Tom, capped them, and labeled them.